Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice on April 27 during the 66th annual statewide celebration of Law Day.
Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers will staff the statewide toll-free hotline on Thursday, April 27, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Those who speak only Spanish can call the hotline with legal questions from 3-9 p.m., as Spanish-speaking attorneys and translators will be available to take calls. The toll-free number to call is 918-838-8770 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
“This annual event gives us the opportunity to provide a much needed community service,” said Oklahoma Bar Association President Linda Thomas of Bartlesville. “Hundreds of volunteer attorneys will be standing by to answer calls or emails. We encourage Oklahomans with legal questions to take advantage of this opportunity to receive free legal advice.”
Lawyers in other counties will also be giving free legal advice. About 300 lawyers will be volunteering statewide.
The Ask A Lawyer free legal advice project is one of several events in which Oklahoma lawyers participate to observe Law Day. This year, more than 900 students statewide entered Law Day art and writing contests. Other students are taking part in various Law Day activities, such as classroom visits from lawyers and judges and learning how legal rights and obligations change after one’s 18th birthday.
The accompanying Ask A Lawyer television program will air across the state on April 27 at 7 p.m. on OETA. The show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. This year’s topics include adoption and how to navigate the legal aspects of both private and DHS adoption, bankruptcy and debt issues and drug court and how it benefits not only the participants but also the community.
LAW DAY IN LEFLORE COUNTY
On April 27, the LeFlore County Bar Association will participate in the Ask A Lawyer program in conjunction with the statewide effort to provide free legal advice. The number to call in LeFlore County is 800-299-8136, and the phone number will be staffed from 7-8 p.m.
The last event will occur on May 1 and will be a courthouse tour for fifth-grade students attending school in LeFlore County.
In conjunction with the courthouse tour, judges will preside over mock trials wherein the students will participate as jurors and also as attorneys. Members of the bar will be witnesses and help students with their parts in the mock trials.
At the conclusion the members of the bar will answer questions about the legal system. Highway patrol officers, sheriff’s deputies and the local police department will also be present to allow the children to look through their patrol vehicles.
Amanda Grant and Jolyn Belk serve as the county’s Law Day co-chairs. The Law Day co-chairs works in conjunction with the state bar’s Law Day Committee to coordinate the Ask A Lawyer call-in event.
Though Law Day is celebrated across the country, it was Wewoka attorney and 1953 OBA President Hicks Epton who originally had the idea of celebrating the law and how it affects our lives in 1952. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by proclamation in 1958; in 1961, Congress set aside May 1 as a day for all Americans to celebrate their freedom and the ideals of equality and justice under the law.
More information about Law Day is available on the OBA website at www.okbar.org/LawDay.
The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.
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